NFL Draft: Ohio State's Braxton Miller Is Off the Board

Braxton Miller is one of the most dynamic players in Ohio State football history, but he is now officially moving onto the next level as he has been selected by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft.

WR Braxton Miller: Drafted

Round 4, (Pick 85)

Team: Houston Texans

Bio Info

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne
6-1
201
4.50 40
31 3/4-inch arm length
9 1/8-inch hands
17 reps on bench press

Scout Pre-Draft Rankings
Four-star prospect
No. 9 wide receiver in the draft
No. 72 overall prospect

Ohio State Career: Arguably one of the most decorated football players in Ohio State history, Miller arrived in Columbus as an early enrollee at quarterback in a four-horse race to be the starter for suspended Terrelle Pryor.

After Pryor decided to enter the supplemental draft and fall camp ended, Miller was the No. 2 quarterback behind Joe Bauserman to open the 2011 season. After Bauserman struggled mightily and Ohio State dropped an embarrassing 24-6 loss to Miami, Miller was named the starter. The Buckeye offense never seemed to click however, as the Buckeyes limped to a 6-7 finish.

In 2012, Miller was the unquestioned starter in Urban Meyer’s spread offense and he flourished as the Buckeyes went undefeated in a season cut short by NCAA sanctions. Miller was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, as he threw for 2,039 yards and rushed for another 1,271 totaling 28 touchdowns.

In 2013, Miller battled through injury, missing two games with a sprained MCL against California and Florida A&M. That did not stop him from once again taking home Big Ten Player of the Year honors and collecting 36 total touchdowns. In what would be his final two games as the starting quarterback for Ohio State however, Miller dropped back-to-back games to Michigan State and Clemson. Against Clemson, Miller suffered a shoulder injury that would end up costing him the 2014 season.

After re-injuring his labrum, Miller watched from the sidelines as the Buckeyes won a national title. Due to the emergence of J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, Miller made the switch to wide receiver in 2015 and made good on it on national television. Miller scored two explosive touchdowns in his return to college football, scoring on plays of 54 and 53 yards as Ohio State defeated Virginia Tech 42-24.

The rest of his senior season would see Miller slightly underutilized, as the dynamic player scored just two more times throughout the course of the 2015 season, finishing with 341 receiving yards and 260 rushing yards in his final season as a Buckeye.

Miller Says: “There’s a lot of things you have to prepare yourself for going to the next level. It’s not about who’s the fastest or the strongest. It’s about perfecting the receiver position. There’s a lot that goes into it. I’ve been doing my homework. It’s not about athleticism. It’s not about speed. It’s not about strength.”


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